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What Monet Taught Me About Accounting

What Monet Taught Me About Accounting

No. I don’t apply impressionism to accounting. 😀 I do apply wisdom from great masters such as Monet though. Many people are familiar with the work of Claude Monet, a French painter, who used the impressionism style to convey some of the most beautiful scenes and landscapes known in the art world today. I recently had the privilege to observe Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature exhibit in Denver, Colorado. It was truly a magical experience. Monet was so meticulous in his approach, setting color to canvas. This was apparent about him, as I moved from one painting to the next. I think I viewed over 100 paintings that day — it was incredible!  When I returned home and back to the office, there was some discussion with my team about the exhibit that made me laugh. I told them I loved seeing how meticulous Monet was with color. They laughed and someone said that it made sense that I would love the meticulous side of Monet! I found myself laughing again. “Meticulous” is THE word for describing an Advanced Certified Profit First Professional and the Founder of AccountSolve (accounting/bookkeeping firm who specializes in creating money freedom for designers and Continue Reading »

Goals | Are they just wishes in disguise?

Goals | Are they just wishes in disguise?

I have a confession – I despise setting goals.  I read somewhere that you should set goals beyond what you think you can achieve.  And if you reach 70 or 80% of that measurable goal, you’ve succeeded. HUH? In my brain, that means I am constantly striving for the unattainable or I haven’t pushed myself enough.  Why would I want to run a race I cannot win? Consequently, goal-setting has always felt like pie-in-sky wish-setting. Recently, I was listening to a podcast by one of my favorite authors, Hal Elrod, and had a eureka-moment about this very subject.  Geoff Woods, the vice president of The ONE Thing was his guest. Goeff states that: Most people think that the only reason to set a goal is to achieve a desired result.  Yep – I’m right there. But, then he had this to say: “The purpose of a goal should be a dictator of your actions. They should inform the person you can become so you can earn the right to achieve those types of results. And this goes hand in hand with the biggest mistakes.  Most people, because they believe that the purpose of a goal is to achieve a result, Continue Reading »

Advice I would give my kids, and why Profit First is included!

Advice I would give my kids, and why Profit First is included!

“what you think about, you bring about” and  “our thoughts create our reality”  and that “what someone says or does has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with them”. When they were growing up, I felt it was important that they have respect and kindness toward others, no matter what. I still do. Teaching good manners was huge too. They love to call me the “manners Nazi” because chewing with your mouth open, elbows on the table, or slouching are just bad form. Not sure if using the term “Nazi” in this way is considered acceptable anymore, but you get my meaning. I’m visiting my son this week, and it got me thinking about the advice I would give my adult children. Bar none, hands down, no competition it would be: “Do the Profit First cash management method and stick to it like glue!” It may not sound like the kind of advice you would keep forwarding around on a fancy graphic over social media, or have an epiphany about while on some spiritual vision quest. But having a profitable business is exactly the kind of vision we hold for ourselves! Life is SO MUCH BETTER when Continue Reading »

Should Your Small Business Hire a Bookkeeper?

Should Your Small Business Hire a Bookkeeper?

Whether you’ve played baseball, football, basketball or soccer, odds are you signed up to play on a team. This team consisted of a Coach. The coach would observe your abilities during practice or try outs and then make a sound decision on what position you should play — recognizing your strengths. At practice the coach would also identify areas you needed to improve upon, to become a better player on the team. The goal of the Coach is to see the team work together and enhance their skills, ultimately to succeed. When you are interested in learning to play an instrument, speak a different language, learn to dance, or book a fancy vacation – 9 times out of 10 you would seek the help or guidance of a professional in that particular area of interest. The same is true for a small business. As a new/existing business owner, why wouldn’t you want to look for a mentor to help you grow? As Chief Freedom Officer, I like to think of myself as a coach or “money partner” to your business. I also enjoy watching entrepreneurs evolve. The most important thing you can do when it comes to your business’s finances Continue Reading »